No editing was done to the recording except for the tape flip in "Truckin'". All reel pauses have been left intact.
This is a clean sounding low-generation tape and was a rare one back in the tape trading days (remember those?). I decided to transfer it for myself since this recording has not made it into the digital realm. Hopefully the master reel will surface as this is a great audience recording Â especially for 1972.
What a difference an audience tape can make! This show really comes to life Â listen to the band and the audience interact Â a crucial dynamic missing from the soundboard counterpart.
Zeb's notes 10-20-05:
I downloaded this show from the Lossless Legs site (www.shnflac.net) a few months ago...when I gave it a first listen for sonic quality, I found that it was pitched too slow...so, after testing it numerous times to get the sound right (I don't claim to have perfect pitch, and I'm not a musician - but I have been listening to the Dead for nearly 25 years and feel I have a decent ear for their voices), I did the following:
- I merged the wavs for disc 1 into a big file using WavMerge, and corrected the pitch (to my ears) using GoldWave, then I did the same for discs 2 & 3...
Each of the 3 big files needed to be pitched up 1 semitone, and then they needed these additional tweaks (GoldWave calls it fine-tuning): disc 1 by -1 cent, disc 2 by -2 cents, and disc 3 by +8 cents...additional tweaks were made per the recommendation of a musician friend of mine (thanks Dr. Dave!), who knew upon first listen that a song wasn't pitched correctly by the song's key (guitar sounded sharp, piano notes were flat, etc.) - those adjustments were for d1t02,03 & 08 all of which needed a +1 cent speed change........now it's about as good as it's gonna get!
I added fades at the end of the 3 discs (after Deal, He's Gone and Sugar Magnolia), and needed to do some pitch correction to the lion's share of Playin' (there was a cut)...the same was true of Truckin', where the tape flip occurred...
I left the reel pauses intact, and located my track splits so that the reel pauses were at the beginning of the tracks - that seemed to be the most logical place for them...
I gotta say - this show is great! The crowd enthusiastically claps along with the beat during several numbers, and it spurs the Dead on to great heights of ensemble playing!
This is indeed an awesome recording, especially for 1972 - it does need some work, though...many times, the microphone(s?) and tape deck just couldn't handle the sheer intensity and volume of what was being played, and so there is some distortion present...but it doesn't diminish the enjoyment I get from listening to this wonderful slice of history!
My copy of The Deadhead's Taping Compendium Vol. I doesn't even list this show, so this recording must not circulate much - I did find the SBD of it on The Live Music Archive, however, and grabbed it before it was too late! (see below)
***UPDATE*** - as of 11-23-05, all GD SBDs have been removed from the Live Music Archive, per the GD's request :-(
***UPDATE 2*** - the GD SBDs are once again available on The Live Music Archive, but only as streaming mp3s (no longer downloadable)
so, I offer this excellent *uncirculated speed-corrected version* of this Grateful Dead show, sonic warts and all, for everyone to enjoy! If anyone would like to spend the time to clean it up a bit, that would be more than appreciated!